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Amazed by America

Every act of teaching rests on the implicit or explicit assumption of authority and trust. Student, parent, and community always assume the teacher knows what he is talking about and is therefore trustworthy. When this is not the case, as in every form of coerced schooling, the end cannot be anything other than cynicism.

Such cynicism cannot but put the community at risk for the simple reason that it arises from a failure of authority – a quiet form of tyranny.

The extent of American acceptance of this tyrannical behavior on the part of our governments astounds one who reflects on it. How much longer can we continue without a dictator, rising cynically on the rubble of some state created crisis or another?

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